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Tiny Nebraska town's residents mull moving uphill

Aug. 17, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

WINSLOW, Neb. (AP) — Residents of a tiny Nebraska community who are reeling from flooding this year are considering moving their entire town uphill. A 1996 flood brought water inside Winslow and into basements, but it was mere puddling compared with the surge that all but overwhelmed the town in mid-March....

Fraud plagues disaster relief efforts

Aug. 17, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stricken areas. Last year,...

Wildfire forces evacuation of about 200 homes outside Denver

Aug. 16, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Firefighters have fully contained a wildfire that forced the evacuation of about 200 homes in a rural area southwest of Denver. The fire in the Deer Creek Canyon Park area started late Thursday afternoon and burned about 20-25 acres (8-10 hectares). No homes were lost, and no one was injured....

Louisiana seeks federal aid for Mississippi River flooding

Aug. 16, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana because of Mississippi River flooding. The Democratic governor's office said Friday it sent a letter to FEMA seeking the designation that would give state and local...

White House declares disaster stemming from flooding

Aug. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

HEBRON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire communities hit by severe storms and flooding this summer will be getting federal help. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Friday that President Donald Trump has declared Grafton County a major disaster area for the July 11-12 flooding that washed out roads and left debris...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Maine finds homes for several hundred African asylum seekers

Aug. 15, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Most African asylum seekers who made the perilous journey through Central America to the southern U.S. border and flooded shelters in Maine's largest city have new homes. Thursday marked the closing of an emergency shelter set up in a basketball arena in Portland after several...

Edwards seeks more disaster relief for Louisiana after Barry

Aug. 15, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for Louisiana after Hurricane Barry. Barry made landfall last month. In a letter Thursday, Edwards says the new declaration would provide assistance for activities involved in "protection of...

Information center opens to help Baltimore flooding victims

Aug. 15, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials in Baltimore have opened an information center for residents and business owners affected by a severe rainstorm last week. Staff at the disaster relief center that opened Wednesday will help people determine whether they are eligible for any assistance. A storm on Aug. 6 dropped...

Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

Aug. 14, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing against the levees keeping a city mostly below sea...